The first time that I have watched Saint Seiya was back in Peru when I was 13 years old. Maybe that is why I am reviewing this show. This is a shonen fighting show, and along with that comes all the craziness that comes with the genre.
The story tells of the adventures of Seiya and his friends. Seiya was an orphan when history began. At an early age, he was separated from his sister in order to train to obtain the Sacred Cloth of Pegasus. His only goal is to obtain the armor and reunite with his sister. And After a lot of hard work, training, and help from his trainer Marin the Silver Falcon, he was able to obtain the Sacred Pegasus Bronze Cloth. However, when he gets back to Japan, he discovers that in order to truly see his sister again, he must win the Galactic Tournament and obtain the Holy Golden Cloth of Sagittarius. In order to do that, he must battle his old childhood friends from the orphanarium, each of them with their own motives.
However, during the tournament the Golden armor is stolen by a dark sinister Saint. This will lead to a cascade of events that eventually will lead to Seiya and friend to fight on the Battles of the Twelve Houses in Sanctuary (which is considered one of the better arcs).
The story has an strong plot, and it shows a lot of character development. The art is beautiful (it seems dated, but the re-mastered DVDs look pretty good). The music is amazing, since it is a mixture of classical music and awesome 80s Japanese rock.
This series was very popular all around the world. However, here in America it pretty much bombed. One of the reasons was that it was 25 years too late, but I believe that it was because of the horrible mess up that Dic did with it that Dic made of it. It is so horrible that I do not want to talk about it. You know guys screw it Here are some of the horrible things Dic did to this classic:
â€¢ Instead of blood. Dic put in blue and green Gatorade liquid.
â€¢ People did not die; they just lost the will to fight.
â€¢ They gave Hyoga a surfer dude voice, even though he is from Siberia.
â€¢ They changed all the background music and the awesome Pegasus Fantasy opening.
â€¢ They decided to change scenes by adding special effects that are meaningless to the fighting scenes,
Well, I recommend this series to any shonen fighting loving anime viewer, or to any anime viewer in general, just to know one of the classics.
This anime also shows the Full Circle Theory that Anime World Order discovered, that something so shonen can go full circle and become shoujo for a bit. There is a lot of crying sometimes. True men are men enough to cry, right?
Anyhow, here is the best web page with information about Saint Seiya that I can find. www.newbornankhstudios.tk
You just need to register to access to the new series, old series, the manga, the episode G chapters, and the latest new next dimension manga.
You can also get the new OVA from www.animesuki.com. Just look for Saint Seiya Hades.